James and Emma Pre Pregnancy Adventure travel blog

Roman bridge, still in use

Roman aqueduct, not in use

Roman aqueduct, close up

Merida Roman theatre, only the ruined tops of these stands were visible...

Mosaic. The swinging (sorry crushing) of the grapes

Travelling from Seville we came to Merida, an ancient Roman outpost founded in 25 BC which became the capital of the Roman Empire in Western Spain. Merida as for Tarragona has a large number of well preserved Roman ruins and is well worth the visit, although it is somewhat out of the way for many tourists. As a result the number of brain dead crowds wandering around is far less and makes seeing the exhibits, taking photos and general enjoyment more worthwhile.

Amongst the well preserved, or restored, ruins are: Theatre and Amphitheatre that could seat 15000 people, Roman Circus, a number of Temples and well preserved parts (floor mainly) of villas. There is a bridge crossing the main river that was designed and built by the Romans and was in continuous use until 1985, with two rebuildings in the 17th and 19th century. Parts of the original bridge still survive and can be seen clearly in the current structure which is now a walking bridge over the river. In addition parts of a three storey aqueduct still survive as do a number if Roman roads and mosaics.

In the photos there is a fresco that is preserved in the Archeological Museum in its original setting from the 2nd and 3rd century AD. The colours that are still in it are vivid and like they have just been painted. Again beautiful.

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